We analyzed over twenty kitchen faucets of several types and styles that are currently available on the market at the moment. We ranked the Kohler K-72218-VS Sensate as the best kitchen faucet for consumers who want the most out of it as it comes packed with highly advanced features such as the touchless technology, magnetic docking system, and because it looks great.
The downside of the Sensate is its price. It’s not the most affordable kitchen faucet on the market and most consumers will prefer a more affordable product such as the Moen 7295SRS Brantford. It comes in chrome finish, pull out sprayer, and costs costs about 60% less than the Sensate.
Our review process
Today’s kitchen faucets are available in many styles, shapes, finishes, and they incorporate numerous unique technologies. You can mount them on the wall, counter, or sink and it can be quite overwhelming and daunting to find the one that suits you best. Here are a couple of factors you should take into consideration before you decide to buy one.
Types of kitchen faucets
Now that you’ve gone through the buying guide, it’s time to decide what type of kitchen faucet you need. There are several types and each has its own set of advantages of advantages.
Touchless kitchen faucet
KOHLER K-72218-VS Sensate
- Touchless technology
- Advanced activation sensor
- Sleek design
- Magnetic docking system
- Heavy price tag
The Kohler Sensate is a single-lever touchless faucet designed to provide convenience and ease of use. It’s made of metal and comes with several different finishes to choose from ranging from dark oil-rubbed bronze and all the way to shiny polished chrome. All finishes are highly resistant to tarnish, corosion and wear.
The main reason why we picked the Sensate as the best kitchen faucet for most people is the state of the art technology behind it. It allows hands-free operation through the in-built advanced sensor that has a response time of as little as 20 milliseconds. Not sure what 20 milliseconds is like? Keep in mind that an average blink of an eye last from 300 to 400 milliseconds. Whenever you want to turn the faucet on, wave the hands in front of the sensor, and the faucet will auto-activate. To turn the water off, just repeat the process and that’s it.
There’s plenty of benefits of using a touchless kitchen faucet, but the main one is having your hands free to do other things. This reduces bacteria, keeps the cooking area cleaner, allows more water to be saved, and allows you to have more time for important things.
The sensor is designed for precision and prevents false activation when you’re working around the sink. It’s powered by AC which means there is no need of replacing the batteries every few months.
Magnetic docking system
One of the main differences between expensive and cheap pull-down faucets can is the quality of the docking system. The Sensate is clearly on the quality side in this area since it incorporates the Kohler’s advanced DockNetik docking system. This system pulls and locks the spray head securely in its place after each use.
Heavy price tag
Unfortunately the Sensate comes with quite a heavy price tag. In fact, it’s one of the most expensive kitchen faucet we have reviewed until date. However, it’s clear that it brings a lot of value and advanced features to the table which makes it a great buy despite the heavy price.
Moen 7594ESRS Arbor with Motionsense
- Hands-free technology
- Two motion sensors
- Easy to install through 1 or 3 holes
- Not meant for heavy duty use
The next product on our list is another kitchen faucet with touchless technology. The Moen 7594ESRS Arbor features similar technology than the Kohler Sensate, but comes with a lighter price tag which makes it more budget friendly and suitable for an average consumer.
Hands free operation
Unlike the Sensate, Moen Arbor has two different motion sensors, one located at the top and one at the base. The difference between sensors is that the top sensor is triggered when you waive the hand above the faucet and you will need to waive the hand above it again to turn the water off. The bottom sensor is a ready sensor which means that stays triggered for as long as something is in front of it. It will turn the water flow on once you place a cup or pan below the spout and automatically stop once you remove it. Despite the fact that Moen sensor isn’t as responsive as Kohler’s, we believe that this is the area where the Moen Arbor outshines its competition.
The pull-out sprayer of the Moen Arbor is attached on a massive flexible hose that measures 68 inches in length. It’s one of the longest hoses we were able to get our hands on and the length of it comes quite handy when you need an extra manoeuvrability to make the things around the kitchen easier. The hose automatically returns to its position after each with the help of magnetic docking system.
Easy to install
Despite the numerous advanced features it brings to the table. the Moen Arbor is quite easy to install. It features the Duralock quick-connect installation system which makes it easy and quick to install and eliminates the need of using any tools as long as you have a suitable sink with a suitable hole. You need two hands and that’s pretty much it.
The main downside of the Moen Arbor is that it requires batteries for Motionsense feature to work. The good news is that the batteries are included in the package, but you will have to replace them every once in a while. If batteries get empty, the faucet stays fully functional, but the Motionsense feature stops working until the batteries are replaced.
Industrial kitchen faucet
- Commercial-style spring design
- Two spouts
- Appropriate for heavy duty use
- Easy to install
- It’s quite large and takes a lot of space
- It’s not the best looking faucet
It seems that industrial (commercial) kitchen faucets are gaining a lot of popularity in recent years and not just among professionals, but among average homeowners as well. The main advantage of industrial faucets is that they are more durable and appropriate for heavy duty work and that they are more versatile. Although they come in many different styles, most of them have a very long flexible sprayer which provides more versatility than you get with other types of faucets.
The KPF-1602 is a commercial-styled faucet that features sturdy brass construction, two spouts, and an integrated diverter that makes it easy to switch from spout to powerful pre-rinse spray.
The reason why we recommend the Kraus KPF-1602 is because it comes packed with features. There are two spouts and they can be used separately or at the same time. The top spout is attached to a flexible hose and provides enough maneuverability to reach areas of the entire sink. The second spout is attached to the middle of the faucet body. It can be rotated in 360 degrees, but that’s pretty much it. It’s appropriate for smaller tasks whether it’s filling up a glass of water or something else.
The KPF-1602 is easy to install and requires a single hole in the sink. All the mounting hardware is included in the package, so you don’t have to worry about purchasing additional tools to install it.
The downside of the KPF-1602 is that it’s quite large and not suitable for kitchens with limited space above the sink. Another downside is the radical design which isn’t as aesthetically pleasing, but that’s quite common among industrial faucets.
Delta Faucet 9178T-AR-DST Leland
- Several finishes to choose from
- Medium price
- 1 or 3 hole installation
- Made in the USA
- Temperature can be hard to adjust
The Delta Leland is a series of kitchen faucets that feature attractive design and share a lot of advanced features. The 9178T-AR-DST is a medium-priced faucet of that series, and it comes in a variety of finishes to choose from. It looks elegant and it seems a bit traditional in nature, but it does provide an elegant touch which makes it appropriate for both modern and traditional kitchens.
There are two versions; the Touch2O and standard.
The Touch2O version cost a little bit more and it allows users to turn the water flow on or off with a simple touch anywhere on the faucet’s spout or handle. This technology isn’t as advanced and functional as a fully touchless technology, but it isn’t close behind. The standard version is built of the same materials, but it comes without the Touch2O technology.
The docking system of the Leland series features a powerful magnet that retracts the spray hose in its place after each use. The hose has 20 inches of reach which makes it practical and can easily cover the entire sink with traditional dimensions.
When it comes to durability, the Leland easily outshines most of it competition. It features patented Diamond Seal technology which reduces chances of leaking and extends the faucet’s durability to up to 5 million uses which is twice as long as the industry standard. To put that into perspective, if you turn the water on and of 50 times per day, the Leland faucet will last over 270 years free of leaks.
The hose spray holes feature Touch-clean design which prevents lime and calcium build-ups. The holes are made of soft rubber which makes them easy to clean. Simply wipe them from time to time and that’s it.
There aren’t many downsides of the 9178T-AR-DST Leland, but a true perfectionist will find a downside in every faucet. The first downside is that the water temperature can be hard to adjust. Although the handle looks great from the design aspect, it requires time to get used to it and more precision than most of the faucets we have reviewed. The second downside is that the Touch2O technology doesn’t have any features to prevent false activations which can be a little bit stressful when you’re doing things around the kitchen counter and unintentionally touch the handle and trigger the water flow.
Best two handle faucet
Peerless P299578LF-SS Choice
- Two handles
- Side spray
- SS finish
- Good value for the money
- Low water consumption
- 4 hole installation
The Peerless P299578LF-SS Choice is a two-handle faucet with a convenient separate sprayer. It consumes as little as 1,8 gallons of water per minute and is fully ADA compliant when installed properly. It features a simple design that can fit in both modern and traditional kitchens and is finished with low-gloss stainless steel. Both finish and faucet are protected with a limited lifetime warranty which is quite rare with faucets in this price range.
The swivel spout of the Choice is quite long and rotates smoothly in every direction which adds up to its convenience. The handles turn for 90 degrees making it easy to the water flow fully on. The side spray is high pressured and comes handy for washing the dishes where you need some extra pressure and manoeuvrability.
This faucet needs to be attached to the sink through 4 holes which can be an advantage or disadvantage. If you don’t have enough holes in the kitchen sink, you will have to make a few new ones. If you want to replace your older faucet (which probably has 4 holes already), you will find installing the Choice faucet quite easy. Simply put it in place through the holes, and hold it in place with plastic nuts.
Considering its affordable price, the P299578LF-SS Choice doesn’t really have notable downsides. It’s a simple faucet with two handles, side sprayed, and that’s pretty much it.
- Modern design
- Easy to install – QuickDock system
- Pull down sprayer
- Easy maintenance
- Kerox ceramic cartridge
- Spray function lack some of the important functions
The Kraus KPF-2620SS is a high performance medium-priced pull-down faucet that features contemporary design. Judging by hundreds of customer reviews it has received in numerous online stores, we believe that it’s also quite popular.
The thing that really separates high quality and low quality faucets is that high quality faucets require less maintenance. If you ever had a faucet that became clogged with minerals and lime, you probably had a faucet of low quality. The KPF-2620SS features silicone nozzles which provide aerated stream and make the sprayer less prone to mineral and lime buildups.
Since this is a pull down faucet, it has a sprayer attached on a flexible hose which measures 36 inches in length and is appropriate for large sinks. The sprayer has two functions; spray and stream, but sadly the spray function only works when the button you are actively pressing the button down.
The KPF-2620SS features QuickDock that makes it easy to install. Drop the base into the hole in the counter, secure the base by tightening up two screws, insert the faucet, secure the faucet in place with some more screwing, and connect water supply lines.
The downside of the KPF-2620SS is the spray function. It only works when you’re pressing the button in which means that you can’t use both hands and use the spray function at the same time.
Moen 7295SRS Brantford
- Classic design
- High pressure spray
- Two spray modes
- Easy to install with the Duralock Quick Connect system
- Limited lifetime warranty
- The pulldown system could be stronger
The Moen 7295SRS Brantford is a pull out kitchen faucet that comes packed with advanced features and is made in a retro design. While it looks simple and clean, its functionality is far away from just being simple. There’s also a 7-year limited warranty that covers drips, leaks, and finish defects.
The pullout sprayer of the Brantford is attached on a flexible hose with Reflex technology. This technology provides enhanced flexibility which allows maximum range of motions to reach all corners of the kitchen sink. Another feature that adds up to movement possibilities is the ball joint that connects the spray wand and the hose.
The PowerClean spray technology has two main benefits. It increases the spray power by 50% compared to most Moen faucets while reduces the amount of residual water used. In other words, it’s appropriate for heavy-duty cleaning while using only 1.5 gallons of water per minute.
Most faucet manufacturers have their own ideas on how to ease the installation process for an average consumer who usually doesn’t posses all of the plumbing tools needed for faucet installation. The Brantford features Duralock Quick Connect technology which eliminates the need of using tools to attach the waterline to the faucet. Instruction manual is included in the package and if you have some DIY skills, you probably won’t need to call the plumber to help you with the installation.
There’s no huge downsides about the 7295SRS Brantford. The retract system could be a little stronger, but that’s just a minor issue.
Buying a new kitchen faucet can easily improve the design of whole kitchen. There’s a saying in some countries that a kitchen without a faucet is not a kitchen at all and most consumers from all over the world have to agree with it. After all, the faucet is a heart of every kitchen.
I’d love to hear your opinion about my recommended kitchen faucets. Feel free to write your comment at the bottom of each page and let me know what is your favorite faucet and why.